“The 9 Nanas” Use Pound Cakes To Help Memphians In Need

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(Memphis) The Huffington Post has a profile story today on a group of women dubbed “The 9 Nanas” that have been doing good deeds around the city for 30 years with no one knowing, not even their families.

It started with early morning baking sessions, “One of us starts sifting the flour and another washing the eggs,” explained Nana Mary Ellen, the appointed spokesperson for their secret society. “And someone else makes sure the pans are all ready. We switch off, depending on what we feel like doing that day.

They were making pound cakes which they would deliver to those who needed to be cheered up, “MaMaw Ruth would read in the paper that someone had died,” Mary Ellen remembered, “and she’d send off one of her special pound cakes. She didn’t have to know the family. She just wanted to put a little smile on their faces. And we started thinking about what we could do to make a difference like that. What if we had a million dollars? How would we spend it?

Eventually they started pooling their money by cutting costs at home then using that money to help those in need, “We gave new meaning to the term drive-by,” Mary Ellen said with delight. “We’d drive through low-income neighborhoods and look for homes that had fans in the window. That told us that the people who lived there didn’t have air-conditioning. Or we’d see that there were no lights on at night, which meant there was a good chance their utilities had been turned off. Then we’d return before the sun came up, like cat burglars, and drop off a little care package.”

Their story is amazing and should put a smile on your face, click HERE to read more.

Also, the group now has a website which you can get to by clicking HERE

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